Germain Lussier

Meet Sean Connery's ''Extraordinary Gentlemen''

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

In ”The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (July 11), characters from such classic novels as ”Dracula,” ”The Picture of Dorian Gray,” and ”Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” make like the Justice League and join up to fight crime – in Victorian England. The film draws from Alan Moore’s graphic novel of the same name, published in 2000, and from the original tomes, all of which were written in the 1800s. To prepare for the movie, you can tackle all those big books…or toss out your CliffsNotes and scan our guide to this unusually literate summer blockbuster.

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Deep Impact

Eminem may have taken home the Oscar for Best Original Song for ”Lose Yourself,” but that contribution to the 8 Mile soundtrack wasn’t the only tune that made the movie what it is. Queens rap duo Mobb Deep’s 1995 street classic ”Shook Ones, Pt. 2” not only opens the film and sets its tone, but is crucial to its climax. Yet this intersection of hip-hop history and film symmetry was nearly eradicated years earlier by a teenager dabbling in his mother’s apartment. ”I was gonna erase it,” says Havoc, Mobb Deep’s beat maestro, about his creation.

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Here's what those poor Oscar losers get

Salma Hayek

Does Salma Hayek really need $200 mink slippers? Well, need ‘em or not, the Best Actress nominee, who’s not favored to win an Oscar on March 23, will likely be getting a pair by Taryn Rose delivered to her home. And that’s just one of more than a dozen items in a luxurious collection of swag valued at $20,000 that’s being earmarked for all the losers in the Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, and Picture categories. (The producers of the losing Best Picture nominees will be the lucky recipients.)

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